North Erpingham Hundred: Trimingham

Pages 178-179

An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 8. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.

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I find no mention made of this town in Domesday Book, being included (as I take it) and accounted for under the Earl Warren's great lordship of Gimingham, to which it joins, and paid suit and service to it. William Earl Warren was lord of it at the survey, and John Earl Warren granted it to Thomas Earl of Lancaster; from this family it came to John of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster, and to Henry IV. and continues in the Crown as part of the dutchy of Lancaster. There was a family of Grime living in this town. Robert Gryme of Trimingham, had by Anne, his wife, daughter of — Dyes, Thomas Gryme, who married Amphillis, daughter of Robert Thymelthorp, and was father of George Gryme of Foulsham, living in the 8th of King James I. Thomas was his son; Amphillis, one of his sisters, married Sir Roger Millesent of Bergham, by Linton, in Cambridgeshire, and the other Thomas Oxburgh, Gent.

The tenths were 4l. 4s. 0d. Deducted 16s.

The Church is a rectory, dedicated to St. John Baptist. In the reign of Edward I. the rector was found to have a competent edifice, with half an acre of land, and was valued at 9 marks, paid Peterpence 12d. and the Earl Warren was patron.

The present valor is 6l. and is discharged.


William de Rollesby occurs rector in the 22d of Edward I.

Nicholas de Castleacre, in the 10th of Edward II.

1317, Richard Pykot instituted, presented by John Earl Warren.

1324, William de Hay. Ditto.

1349, James de Plat, by Henry Earl of Lancaster.

1384, William de Pountfrevit, by John King of Castile, &c.

1392, William de Bynnebrook, by John King of Castile, &c.

1393, John Salteby. Ditto.

1405, Robert Tymworth, by the King.

1411, William Stoke. Ditto.

1419, Richard Proo. Ditto.

1424, William Pete, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, feoffee of King Henry V.

1434, John Grimsby. Ditto.

John Hore, rector.

1448, William Pomel, by the King.

1457, Thomas Eyre. Ditto.

1464, John Stery.

1471, Richard Colfex, by Elizabeth Queen of England.

1477, William Stokes. Ditto.

In 1603, James Matchet, rector, returned 67 communicants.

John Mountford died rector in 1721, and was succeeded by Edward Bilston, presented by the King.

1756, William Clagget. Ditto.

The patronage is in the chancellor of the dutchy of Lancaster.

In this church was (as pretended) a famous relick in times of popery, the head of St. John the Baptist, to which pilgrimages, great worship, and offerings were made. In one of the will books of Norwich is that of Alice Cook, of Horstead, wife of Robert Cook of Crostwheytin, in 1478:—"It. I wyll have a man to go a pilgrimage to St. John hys hede of Trymmyngham.

Temporalities of Bromholm priory 2d.